CHRISTMAS IN POLAND
Everyone loves Christmas. It is favorite and most eagerly awaited holiday in the year. This is a unique time when people t...
Christmas Eve   <ul><li>December 24this a very important day for Polish Christian people.  </li></ul><ul><li>On this day f...
<ul><li>When the first star appears in the sky, people take their seats at the Christmas table. </li></ul><ul><li>They do ...
<ul><li>This day was spent quietly with   in the intimate family; visiting with friends and relatives would begin the foll...
St. Stephen’s Day   <ul><li>This day spent on visiting relatives and friends is the second day of Christmas, which is also...
Christmas Day   <ul><li>This day was spent quietly with   in the intimate family; visiting with friends and relatives woul...
N ativity scene   <ul><li>A nativity scene may be used to describe any depiction of the Nativity of Jesus in art, but in t...
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Christmas in Poland

  1. 1. CHRISTMAS IN POLAND
  2. 2. Everyone loves Christmas. It is favorite and most eagerly awaited holiday in the year. This is a unique time when people try to be kind, friendly and generous to one another.
  3. 3. Christmas Eve <ul><li>December 24this a very important day for Polish Christian people. </li></ul><ul><li>On this day families decorate Christmas tree-fir or pine trees with paper stars, angels, toys, nuts and glass balls. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>When the first star appears in the sky, people take their seats at the Christmas table. </li></ul><ul><li>They do not forget leaving an empty place for an unexpected guest. </li></ul><ul><li>The table is covered with white tablecloth and hay is spread on it as a reminder that Christ was born in a manger. </li></ul><ul><li>They share Oplatek – a thin wafer and wish one another whatever the heart dictates: happiness, good health, lots of money etc </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>This day was spent quietly with in the intimate family; visiting with friends and relatives would begin the following day, St. Stephen’s day. </li></ul><ul><li>Christmas day was traditionally free of unnecessary work. </li></ul><ul><li>The menu concentrated on meat, which is probably why the most popular dish on this day was bigos or hunter’s stew. </li></ul><ul><li>This dish can and should be prepared ahead of time. </li></ul><ul><li>At midnight many people go to church to Pasterka or Midnight Mass . </li></ul>
  6. 6. St. Stephen’s Day <ul><li>This day spent on visiting relatives and friends is the second day of Christmas, which is also celebrated as a holiday in Poland. After mass, people threw wheat or rice at each other, to ensure good harvest and wealth in coming year. </li></ul><ul><li>On this day domestic help was hired or rehired for the coming year and the hostess prepared an excellent meal for her domestic staff. When one of the staff left the table and did not eat, he indicated he was leaving for employment somewhere else. For the rest of the staff a new contract was sealed for the following year. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Christmas Day <ul><li>This day was spent quietly with in the intimate family; visiting with friends and relatives would begin the following day, St. Stephen’s day. </li></ul><ul><li>Christmas day was traditionally free of unnecessary work. </li></ul><ul><li>The menu concentrated on meat, which is probably why the most popular dish on this day was bigos or hunter’s stew. </li></ul><ul><li>This dish can and should be prepared ahead of time. </li></ul>
  8. 8. N ativity scene <ul><li>A nativity scene may be used to describe any depiction of the Nativity of Jesus in art, but in the sense covered here, also called a crib or manger in the UK and crèche in France, it means a three-dimensional commercial or folk art depiction of the birth or birthplace of Jesus, either sculpted or using two-dimensional figures arranged in a three-dimensional setting. </li></ul>
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